By: Avery Stankus and Emily Long– Editor-in-Chief and Digital Editor
Have you ever dreamed of roaming through The Met in New York City one minute then The Van Gogh in Amsterdam the next? Well, now you can, thanks to Google Arts & Culture. There are over 2,000 museums to stroll through (or scroll through) just at the click of a button. Here are six galleries that are currently offering free virtual tours and an online look at exhibits.
Condé Nast Archive, New York
Skip the busyness that is New York and take a seat on your couch to brush up on your Vogue history through the Condé Nast Archive. The extensive collection consists of over 100 years worth of photographs, illustrations, videos, and more. There are eight exhibits to flip through, ranging from The New Look in Vogue to Latinas in Los Angeles.
The Anne Frank House, Amsterdam
The virtual collection offers three exhibits. Each one includes an abundance of photographs and information to help spread Anne Frank’s message. These virtual artifacts give you a grasp of Frank’s life while hiding in The Secret Annex for more than two years during World War II. The virtual Anne Frank House also presents a walk-through of the family home. In comparison to viewing it in person, this virtual display provides an understanding of what Frank and her family endured.
Musée d’Orsay, Paris
This popular French museum is best known for holding the largest number of famous paintings in the world by artists such as Monet, Renoir and Gauguin. While you may not be able to experience the full Parisian effect of roaming through the exhibits, this museum has almost 300 pieces of artwork on display for the online collection. From acrylic to oil paint to canvas to paper, the virtual Musée d’Orsay offers a vast look into notable pieces of work.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
Missing Boston? Why not spend some time at a Lasell favorite, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The museum was opened in 1903 by Isabella Stewart Gardner to house her extensive collection of artwork and artifacts gathered from her many trips to Europe, Africa and Asia and serve as a cultural institution for the public of Boston. Viewers can explore the iconic courtyard and galleries. Through Google Arts and Culture, viewers can learn more about the infamous 1990 art heist and see the works that have yet to be recovered.
Palace of Versailles, France
If you’ve ever wanted to pretend you were in Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette,” the Palace of Versailles would be the place to start. Google offers interactive experiences in the Hall of Mirrors, gardens and many rooms of the extravagant palace. You can also browse the extensive collection of Baroque period paintings and artwork.
Meuso Frida Kahlo, Mexico
La Casa Azul or The Blue House is the house where Frida Kahlo lived with her husband, Diego Rivera, and now houses the Frida Kahlo Museum. The house features many artifacts from her life, as well as artworks. Collections include extensive family photographs from her youth and young adulthood. Additionally, viewers can tour her studio space, kitchen and garden.